"I am excited about using this innovative technology to gain a better view of dense and fatty tissue so that smaller tumors can be detected earlier when survival rates are higher," said Dr.
The new 3D imaging technology allows radiologists to see inside the breast and pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. It digitally dissects the tissue into layers for ease of examination, similar to turning the pages of a book to see everything inside of it rather than looking at just the cover.
Six important studies have shown that 3D mammography reduces false positives and unnecessary follow-up tests by 15%. Combined with traditional 2D digital mammography, 3D mammography significantly increases the likelihood that cancer will be detected before it has spread to the lymph nodes, giving the patient nearly a 100% survival rate.
Tomosynthesis provides three-dimensional images using technology similar to computed tomography. The machine moves in an arc-shaped pattern over the breast, taking numerous X-ray images that are compiled via computer into a 3D image. Like two-dimensional mammograms, 3D mammograms also use small amounts of radiation and compress the breast to produce clear, accurate views. However, unlike 2D mammography that produces a single, flattened image, 3D mammography provides layered views of breast tissue from many different angles. Breast tomosynthesis is available to women under 65 who are due for an annual screening mammogram.
Since one in eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime, mammograms are an important tool to diagnose it in the early stages. According to the
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